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The Newton County Sheriff's Office in Indiana acted on a citizens' tip Sunday and nabbed two suspects with nearly $10,000 worth of stolen electronic items.
Police received a tip of a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on US 41 in Kentland. A witness stated the driver had been seen consuming alcoholic beverages inside of the vehicle. Officers in the area responded and located the vehicle in question with matching plate number on southbound US 41 near County Road 1800 S. Moving violations were observed and a traffic stop was initiated.

The result of the investigation and search warrants that were obtained led to the recovery of nearly $10,000 in electronics and other retail goods believed stolen from chain retail stores in Wisconsin and Illinois.

42 year old Eric M. Higgins from West Terre Haute, In and 24 year old Ashley D. Clarkson of Terre Haute were arrested. Both were jailed in Newton County.

Assisting agencies: Benton County Sheriff's Department, Kentland Police Department, Newton County Prosecutor's Office.

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Pittwood house destroyed by fire

The State Fire Marshall is investigating an Iroquois County house fire that destroyed a 2-story structure this (Tues) morning, east of Route 1 at Pittwood.

The fire's cause is believed to have been electrical, according to Jed Beaupre of the Martinton Fire Department. Beaupre told WGFA News the fire appeared to have started in the garage. Winds fueled the flames and lack of water supply didn't help matters.

The approximate 2800 square foot structure, belonging to Jay & Renee Morris, was a total loss. A cleaning lady discovered the fire when she opened the garage door.

The box-alarm call alerted up to a dozen fire departments. No injury was reported.

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Iroquois County drivers advised to use caution during construction

Traffic signals are in place for as major road construction project in Watseka. Motorists traveling Illinois Route 1 – north and south thru Watseka – should be well aware that the bridge over the Iroquois River is being replaced. The construction will continue until the latter part of this year.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has traffic lights operating. Route 1 traffic is limited to one lane just north of Watseka. IDOT and Iroquois Paving Corporation crews will be on-site for the next several months. Traffic will be delayed. Alternate routes may be a suggestion to avoid the delays and construction.

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Kankakee Sheriff deputy laid to rest

An 18-minute procession led a Kankakee County sheriff deputy to his final resting place Monday. 35-year-old Zebulun "Zeb" Pfeiffer died last Wednesday when he suffered a heart attack. He was a 17-year veteran of the department.

Several emergency vehicles were involved in the procession from St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Kankakee to All Saints Cemetery in Bourbonnais.

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Pvt. Jack Redman laid to rest in Watseka

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, with a sprinkle of rain and before a crowd of solemn, but proud American citizens looking on...Marine Pvt. Jack Redman was laid to rest.

The WWII Marine veteran gained his final resting place back on American soil, in his hometown, some 72 years after giving his life in battle. A full military funeral service included immediate family, military family, local police and fire, and in a patriotic show of support – so many citizens. And that support, so, so appreciated by surviving brother Merrill Redman, who never knew if he'd ever witness this day.

"I worried it wouldn't happen in my lifetime, even though I knew in my heart this day would happen...," Merrill said.

An emotional Merrill Redman, who at age 13, witnessed that day in 1943 when the government messenger delivered the news to their Watseka home that brother Jack had been killed at war.

Saturday, as war hero Jack Redman was laid to rest at Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery, Merrill can say Thank You to the wonderful people for all the support.

The Chicago-based Canaryville Veteran Riders Association spokesman Tommy Russell, who along with so many motorcyclists, were on hand to show support.

"This is unbelievable, such an honor...to bring a WWII hero back home. My father was in WW!!," an emotional Russell told WGFA News. "Almost 72 years later, we still didn't leave anybody behind."

The bagpipes sounded once more, the 21-gun salute, and the Taps....a military war hero is back home. U.S. Marine Pvt. Jack Redman is at rest, home on American soil, in Watseka's G.A.R. Cemetery.

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